You might not know this but I am in a band! Which is partly the reason why I haven’t been posting much on here lately, the band has really been doing well and we have recently started gettin bookings from quite far afield. We couldn’t accept the dates as we already have local gigs booked in for those weekends, but the same venues have said they would get in touch if any future opportunities arrive. This got us talking about how we would get there when we inevitably do start branching out and doing gigs further afield. At the minute we use the drummers dad’s second hand Chrysler Grand Voyager to get all the equipment to the venue, which is a bit of a ballache seeing as we need to do two trips which is obviously not an option as soon as your journey starts exceeding the 20 minute mark.
Now obviously we are pretty young, and I am the first to drive so cant afford anything too nice, but we need something with plenty of space, usually at our age you would be looking at getting something like the second hand Hyundai Getz but I’ve found myself looking at cars that are more like vans. This isn’t ideal when a learnt how to drive in a small fiesta. But anyway ideally we’d get a classic second hand Ford Econoline though it seems like you can only get those in America, we wanted this so we could be like our boyhood hero, Scooby Doo… Only joking, but the classic ones from the 70s looks class and would really suit our kind of music, saying that I reckon it would be tricky for a relatively new driver to manoeuvre such an old vehicle.
Between the 5 of us we have a combined budget of £7,000. We have been looking on line and it seems you can get plenty of SUVs for that kind of price with folding back seats, such as the second hand Honda HR-V which I do like the idea of as I’m guessing I will be a bit more comfortable in a vehicle that is a little more like a car than it is just an all out van. Unfortunately though if we can’t fit all of our stuff into the Chrysler Grand Voyager I doubt we will be able to fit it all into the Honda HR-V. Furthermore it isn’t as though we can turn up at a dealership with all our equipment and ask to see whther we can fit everything in the back so we have to be sure there is enough room before we commit to a purchase.
The drummer, who is a little bit mental used dimensions and a load of plastic tubes to make frame models of a few different vans including the Citroen Berlingo and the Fiat Scudo, he’s even gone to the trouble of marking out the wheel arches, so we’re going round this weekend to see what we can fit in the frames to give us an idea of whether or not we can fit the equipment inside.